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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Dalston
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Light-fingered Londoners may have stolen all the vintage milk bottles that Ruby’s famous blackberry mojitos were once served in, but that hasn’t stopped the place from shining with details. In the basement of a five-storey townhouse, knick-knacks and odd furniture fill a small drinks den, and unusual cocktails sparkle in decorative glasses, served on retro beer mats. Classics are given a twist (like the very spicy Chili Apple Martini) and a seasonal menu explores new concoctions (try pine liquor and liquorice mixed with gin in autumn's Pinin' For Home). So even if Ruby’s doesn’t appear to sparkle from street-level, step down the rickety staircase into a cave of treasures, glistening features and strong-looking, strong-tasting cocktails. Just don’t nick anything, all right?

By: Phoebe Trimingham


Venue name: Ruby's
Address: 76 Stoke Newington Rd
N16 7XB
Opening hours: Open: 6-11pm Wed, Thur; 6pm-midnight Fri, Sat.
Transport: Tube: Dalston Kingsland Overground
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Hands down one of the coolest cocktail bars in London, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Dalston. Its quirky decorations make you feel like you just walked into grandma’s living room, a cool one that serves cocktails! Friendliest staff ever, that makes you feel special and very welcome. 

The cocktails speak for itself, all of them masterpieces, do ask waiters what they recommend, because they will know what to advise you based on your preferences. While the cocktail bar is on the left side when you down the stairs, right opposite, there is a larger area that turns into a club and it’s good for larger groups- Ruby's bar and lounge.

Absolute hidden gem! The place is always buzzing and the drinks are wonderful!!


One of the best cocktail bars in East London! It's a tiny little bar with a superb cocktail menu. We went on a Saturday night when it was packed, but the staff found a little table for us really quickly. 

Easily one of my favourite bars in London. The menu is updated each season but the classic chilli apple martinis are always a winner. They're also hosting some fun summer parties in the warehouse spaces out the back which always have great booze flowing.

The staff are absolutely wonderful at Ruby's Bar, and I can't help but go as frequently as I can to the place. It's local to me, living in Stoke Newington, and the drinks are always phenomenal. Do get there early on Friday and Saturday, as the small basement bar fills up quick, leading to queuing.

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